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By David Carter

Greetings, sales charts fans! It’s time once again to look at DC’s sales figures.

It was one year previous, May 2016, when the DCU Rebirth Special dropped, and the following month when Rebirth started in full. Which would make this a good time to take stock and see what sorts of effects Rebirth has had on DCU sales.

It is tempting to just look at the one month comparisons for titles that had life before and after Rebirth, though that can be tricky in some cases because of special events and/or variant shenanigans, such as “The Button” running through Batman and Flash this month, or the May 2016 “Death of Superman” story.

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A good way then to make a Before-After comparison of Rebirth is to look at the average sales across the DCU. (Yes, May 2017 has “The Button” influencing sales, but May 2016 had the DCU Rebirth Special doing the same.) Average DCU sales in May 2016 were 29,927, while in May 2017 they were 39,993, a difference of 10K. If we look instead at median sales the comparison is even more favorable: 19,629 in May 2016 and 35,692 in May 2017! By this measure then, Rebirth has had quite a positive impact on sales for the DCU as a whole, even one year later after things have settled down from all the Rebirth hype.

Now the story for individual titles is going to vary. Some titles are doing much better than they were a year ago, others are worse, and for still others it is a wash. And there are still some problem areas, such as the inability for most DCU limited series to find any sort of traction and the over-extension of the extended Superman family. DC can’t just go around rebooting (whether soft or hard) every time they need to give their super-hero line a sales boost (well, they can, but that is not a healthy long-term strategy and stands the risk of backfiring if they go to that well too often). But for now, I’m calling Rebirth a success from a sales perspective.

Warning: The commentary below may contain reasoned analysis, speculation (unfounded and otherwise), opinion, and/or snark. Those looking for a more straightforward analysis are directed to John Jackson Miller’s excellent Comichron analysis, posted in June over at Comichron!

Please consider the fine print at the end of the column. Thanks to Milton Griepp and ICv2.com for the permission to use their figures. An overview of ICv2.com’s estimates can be found here.

(Note that the percentage comparisons are done with total orders including reorder activity, as opposed to initial orders as was the practice of this column under the previous administration.)

3, 7, 11 - BATMAN ($2.99/$3.99)
05/2007: Batman #665    --  80,122 
05/2012: Batman #9      -- 134,605 
05/2013: Batman #20     -- 129,039 
05/2014: Batman #31     -- 107,499 [109,343]
05/2015: -- 
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05/2016: Batman #52     -- 102,197 (+  0.3%) 
06/2016: Rebirth #1     -- 219,788 (+124.3%) [229,267]
06/2016: Batman #1      -- 308,396 (+ 44.9%) [332,281]
07/2016: Batman #2      -- 194,816 (- 41.4%) 
07/2016: Batman #3      -- 185,833 (-  4.6%) 
08/2016: Batman #4      -- 168,284 (-  9.4%) 
08/2016: Batman #5      -- 156,356 (-  7.1%) 
09/2016: Batman #6      -- 138,853 (- 11.2%) 
09/2016: Batman #7      -- 135,585 (-  2.4%) 
10/2016: Batman #8      -- 129,837 (-  4.2%) 
10/2016: Batman #9      -- 126,090 (-  2.9%) 
11/2016: Batman #10     -- 120,901 (-  4.1%) 
11/2016: Batman #11     -- 116,690 (-  3.5%) 
12/2016: Batman #12     -- 111,391 (-  4.5%) 
12/2016: Batman #13     -- 108,407 (-  2.7%) 
01/2017: Batman #14     -- 106,816 (-  1.5%) 
01/2017: Batman #15     -- 102,802 (-  3.8%) 
02/2017: Batman #16     -- 102,096 (-  0.7%) 
02/2017: Batman #17     --  99,637 (-  2.4%) 
03/2017: Batman #18     --  98,100 (-  1.5%) 
03/2017: Batman #19     --  97,501 (-  0.6%) 
04/2017: Batman #20     --  97,544 (+  0.0%) 
04/2017: Batman #21     -- 219,472 (+134.1%) [228,310]
05/2017: Batman #22     -- 186,914 (- 18.1%) 
05/2017: Batman #23     --  96,542 (- 48.3%) 
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6 months: + 19.3%
1 year  : + 38.7%
2 years :    n.a.
5 years : +  5.3%
10 years: + 76.9%

Issue #21 was part 3 of “The Button” crossover with The Flash, as as with issue #21 last month Diamond split the lenticular and non-lenticular covers apart in the Top 300 chart (as they are wont to do whenever different editions of a comic have different prices). As a result, the combined sales are healthily above those of the books reported as #1 and #2 on the chart (Secret Empire #1 & Venom #150). (There were also an additional 8,838 copies of issue #21 this month, and you’ll see them added in to the [bracketed] figure above.)

Alas, issue #23 saw a return to normal sales levels, though things may turn around next month with issue #24 (already announced for a fourth printing as of this writing!)

4, 17, 23 - FLASH ($2.99/$3.99)
05/2007: Flash FMA #12 --  47,809 
05/2012: Flash #9      --  62,807
05/2013: Flash #20     --  39,667 
05/2014: Flash #31     --  34,240  [35,615]
05/2015: --
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05/2016: Flash #51     --  33,878 (-  3.6%)
05/2016: Flash #52     --  32,831 (-  3.1%)
06/2016: Rebirth #1    --  98,580 (+275.0%) [123,115]
06/2016: Flash #1      -- 110,431 (+  2.7%) [126,429]
07/2016: Flash #2      -- 113,639 (- 10.1%)
07/2016: Flash #3      -- 107,067 (-  5.8%)
08/2016: Flash #4      -- 102,208 (-  4.5%)
08/2016: Flash #5      --  91,830 (- 10.2%)
09/2016: Flash #6      --  82,930 (-  9.7%)
09/2016: Flash #7      --  78,057 (-  5.9%)
10/2016: Flash #8      --  76,749 (-  1.7%)
10/2016: Flash #9      --  74,311 (-  3.2%)
11/2016: Flash #10     --  70,681 (-  4.9%)
11/2016: Flash #11     --  68,304 (-  3.4%)
12/2016: Flash #12     --  64,476 (-  5.6%)
12/2016: Flash #13     --  62,800 (-  2.6%)
01/2017: Flash #14     --  60,732 (-  3.3%)
01/2017: Flash #15     --  58,402 (-  3.8%)
02/2017: Flash #16     --  57,039 (-  2.3%)
02/2017: Flash #17     --  55,234 (-  3.2%)
03/2017: Flash #18     --  54,959 (-  0.5%)
03/2017: Flash #19     --  53,918 (-  1.9%)
04/2017: Flash #20     --  53,828 (-  0.2%)
04/2017: Flash #21     -- 174,803 (+251.3%) [189,108]
05/2017: Flash #22     -- 163,767 (- 13.4%)
05/2017: Flash #23     --  54,640 (- 66.6%)
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6 months: + 57.1%
1 year  : +227.4%
2 years :    n.a.
5 years : + 73.9%
10 years: +128.4%

Ditto for Flash, the fourth and final part of “The Button” crossover with Batman. The difference being that Flash #23 comes in a bit higher than it was pre-crossover. And last month’s issue #21 sees an additional 14K in orders this month.

Flash is clearly one of the bright spots post Rebirth, with a regular (non-crossover) issue sales 20K higher than where the New 52 series ended.

15 - ALL STAR BATMAN ($4.99)
05/2007: AS Batman & Robin #5 -- 114,265
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08/2016: All Star Batman #1   -- 318,283 (+238.5%)   
09/2016: All Star Batman #2   -- 151,523 (- 52.4%)   
10/2016: All Star Batman #3   -- 117,596 (- 22.4%)   
11/2016: All Star Batman #4   --  99,064 (- 15.8%)   
12/2016: All Star Batman #5   --  87,422 (- 11.8%)   
01/2017: All Star Batman #6   --  84,296 (-  3.8%)   
02/2017: All Star Batman #7   --  77,096 (-  8.5%)   
03/2017: All Star Batman #8   --  71,809 (-  6.9%)   
04/2017: All Star Batman #9   --  67,632 (-  5.8%)   
05/2017: All Star Batman #10  --  66,018 (-  2.4%)   
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6 months: - 42.5%
10 years:    n.a.

Issue #14 has been solicited as the final issue. Odd that DC would cancel their second-best-selling ongoing series, but I suppose with the departure of Snyder from the title they want to regroup?

There’s a 30K gap in sales between (non-crossover) issues of DC’s best-selling comic, Batman, and its second-best-selling comic, All Star Batman. That’s a problem. Things are improved over the tail end of the New 52 days: there are many more series in the 50K range one month into Rebirth. But things would look much more healthier if there were a couple of books selling in the 70-80K range.

19, 20 - DETECTIVE COMICS ($2.99)
05/2007: Detective Comics #832 --  51,727
05/2012: Detective Comics #9   --  96,016
05/2013: Detective Comics #20  --  78,252 
05/2014: Detective Comics #31  --  54,518  [55,451]
05/2015: --
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05/2016: Detective Comics #52  --  43,961 (+  1.8%)
06/2016: Detective Comics #934 -- 106,239 (+176.0%) [121,314]
06/2016: Detective Comics #935 -- 103,417 (-  6.9%) [112,965]
07/2016: Detective Comics #936 -- 110,689 (-  2.0%)
07/2016: Detective Comics #937 -- 101,389 (-  8.4%)
08/2016: Detective Comics #938 --  97,829 (-  3.5%)
08/2016: Detective Comics #939 --  89,612 (-  8.4%)
09/2016: Detective Comics #940 --  80,897 (-  9.7%)
09/2016: Detective Comics #941 --  82,953 (+  2.5%)
10/2016: Detective Comics #942 --  81,432 (-  1.8%)
10/2016: Detective Comics #943 --  74,340 (-  8.7%)
11/2016: Detective Comics #944 --  71,923 (-  3.3%)
11/2016: Detective Comics #945 --  69,942 (-  2.8%)
12/2016: Detective Comics #946 --  66,374 (-  5.1%)
12/2016: Detective Comics #947 --  65,090 (-  1.9%)
01/2017: Detective Comics #948 --  64,090 (-  1.5%)
01/2017: Detective Comics #949 --  61,543 (-  4.0%)
02/2017: Detective Comics #950 --  62,628 (+  1.8%)
02/2017: Detective Comics #951 --  59,630 (-  4.8%)
03/2017: Detective Comics #952 --  59,722 (+  0.2%)
03/2017: Detective Comics #953 --  59,160 (-  0.9%)
04/2017: Detective Comics #954 --  58,187 (-  1.6%)
04/2017: Detective Comics #955 --  57,666 (-  0.9%)
05/2017: Detective Comics #956 --  57,178 (-  0.8%)
05/2017: Detective Comics #957 --  56,344 (-  1.5%)
-----------------
6 months: - 20.0%
1 year  : + 29.1%
2 years :    n.a.
5 years : - 40.9%
10 years: +  9.7%

21, 22 - JUSTICE LEAGUE ($2.99)
05/2012: Justice League #9  -- 131,332
05/2013: Justice League #20 --  97,676 
05/2014: Justice League #30 --  77,456  [78,419]
05/2015: -- 
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05/2016: Justice League #50 --  92,423 (+ 29.9%) [100,106]
06/2016: Justice League #51 --  70,059 (- 30.0%)
06/2016: Justice League #52 --  72,413 (+  3.4%)
07/2016: Rebirth #1         -- 195,402 (+178.4%) [201,613]
07/2016: Justice League #1  -- 230,106 (+ 14.1%)
08/2016: Justice League #2  -- 140,142 (- 39.1%)
08/2016: Justice League #3  -- 121,812 (- 13.1%)
09/2016: Justice League #4  -- 104,003 (- 14.6%)
09/2016: Justice League #5  --  98,276 (-  5.5%)
10/2016: Justice League #6  --  89,073 (-  9.4%)
10/2016: Justice League #7  --  85,789 (-  3.7%)
11/2016: Justice League #8  --  80,696 (-  5.9%)
11/2016: Justice League #9  --  77,905 (-  3.5%)
12/2016: Justice League #10 --  73,652 (-  5.5%)
12/2016: Justice League #11 --  71,527 (-  2.9%)
01/2017: Justice League #12 --  72,598 (+  1.5%)
01/2017: Justice League #13 --  70,437 (-  3.0%)
02/2017: Justice League #14 --  65,458 (-  7.1%)
02/2017: Justice League #15 --  64,230 (-  1.9%)
03/2017: Justice League #16 --  62,515 (-  2.7%)
03/2017: Justice League #17 --  61,165 (-  2.2%)
04/2017: Justice League #18 --  58,737 (-  4.0%)
04/2017: Justice League #19 --  57,647 (-  1.9%)
05/2017: Justice League #20 --  56,119 (-  2.7%)
05/2017: Justice League #21 --  55,351 (-  1.4%)
-----------------
6 months: - 29.7%
1 year  : - 44.3%
2 years :    n.a.
5 years : - 57.6%

25, 28 - SUPERMAN ($2.99)
05/2007: Superman #662  --  55,236
05/2012: Superman #9    --  62,232
05/2013: Superman #20   --  45,458 
05/2014: Superman #31   --  40,534  [44,774]
05/2015: --
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05/2016: Superman #52   --  54,317 (+ 67.9%)  [63,989]
06/2016: Rebirth #1     -- 130,277 (+115.7%) [138,031]
06/2016: Superman #1    -- 115,918 (-  4.3%) [132,050]
07/2016: Superman #2    -- 112,148 (- 15.1%)
07/2016: Superman #3    -- 107,367 (-  4.3%)
08/2016: Superman #4    --  96,969 (-  9.7%)
08/2016: Superman #5    --  89,473 (-  7.7%)
09/2016: Superman #6    --  76,124 (- 14.9%)
09/2016: Superman #7    --  72,867 (-  4.3%)
10/2016: Superman #8    --  69,905 (-  4.1%)
10/2016: Superman #9    --  67,321 (-  3.7%)
11/2016: Superman #10   --  66,956 (-  0.5%)
11/2016: Superman #11   --  63,686 (-  4.9%)
12/2016: Superman #12   --  60,992 (-  4.2%)
12/2016: Superman #13   --  59,393 (-  2.6%)
01/2017: Superman #14   --  60,409 (+  1.7%)
01/2017: Superman #15   --  57,412 (-  5.0%)
02/2017: Superman #16   --  56,105 (-  2.3%)
02/2017: Superman #17   --  54,561 (-  2.8%)
03/2017: Superman #18   --  57,879 (+  6.1%)
03/2017: Superman #19   --  56,439 (-  2.5%)
04/2017: Superman #20   --  53,373 (-  5.4%)
04/2017: Superman #21   --  51,373 (-  3.7%)
05/2017: Superman #22   --  51,938 (+  1.1%)
05/2017: Superman #23   --  51,264 (-  1.3%)
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6 months: - 21.0%
1 year  : - 19.4%
2 years :    n.a.
5 years : - 17.1%
10 years: -  6.6%

Not sure what to make with the slight bump up on issue #22, other than it being a correction of sorts and signs of the title stabilizing.

Issue per issue, Superman has been outpacing its New 52 counterpart by around 9K for most of its run. The one year comparison looks a bit harsh, but that’s because #52 was the conclusion of the big “Death of Superman” story that ended the New 52 series; the previous issue sold just 38K.

38 - TITANS ($3.99)
05/2016: Titans Hunt #8 of 8  --  17,412 (- 13.3%)
06/2016: Rebirth #1           --  79,295 (+477.8%) [100,610]
07/2016: Titans #1            -- 112,676 (+ 12.0%) 
08/2016: Titans #2            --  80,079 (- 28.9%) 
09/2016: Titans #3            --  70,673 (- 11.7%) 
10/2016: Titans #4            --  58,342 (- 17.4%) 
11/2016: Titans #5            --  52,511 (- 10.0%) 
12/2016: Titans #6            --  48,612 (-  7.4%) 
01/2017: Titans #7            --  46,998 (-  3.3%) 
02/2017: Titans #8            --  44,028 (-  6.3%) 
03/2017: Titans #9            --  42,557 (-  3.3%) 
04/2017: Titans #10           --  40,893 (-  3.9%) 
05/2017: Titans #11           --  45,889 (+ 12.2%) 
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6 months: - 12.6%
1 year  : +163.5%

“Lazarus Contract” crossover with Teen Titans and Deathstroke. Usually these sorts of inter-title crossovers only increase the sales of the lower-selling titles, but this appears to be a case of all boats being risen.

35, 37 - WONDER WOMAN ($2.99)
05/2007: Wonder Woman #9   --  58,561
05/2012: Wonder Woman #9   --  48,750
05/2013: Wonder Woman #20  --  37,132 
05/2014: Wonder Woman #31  --  30,655 
05/2015: -- 
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05/2016: Wonder Woman #52  --  29,673 (-  0.4%)
06/2016: Rebirth #1        -- 103,904 (+316.6%) [123,624]
06/2016: Wonder Woman #1   -- 118,511 (+  5.5%) [130,381]
07/2016: Wonder Woman #2   -- 114,135 (- 12.5%)
07/2016: Wonder Woman #3   -- 103,912 (-  9.0%)
08/2016: Wonder Woman #4   --  93,862 (-  9.7%)
08/2016: Wonder Woman #5   --  85,646 (-  8.8%)
09/2016: Wonder Woman #6   --  74,856 (- 12.6%)
09/2016: Wonder Woman #7   --  70,118 (-  6.3%)
10/2016: Wonder Woman #8   --  66,405 (-  5.3%)
10/2016: Wonder Woman #9   --  64,555 (-  2.8%)
11/2016: Wonder Woman #10  --  60,185 (-  5.8%)
11/2016: Wonder Woman #11  --  58,692 (-  3.5%)
12/2016: Wonder Woman #12  --  55,639 (-  5.2%)
12/2016: Wonder Woman #13  --  54,589 (-  1.9%)
01/2017: Wonder Woman #14  --  52,784 (-  3.3%)
01/2017: Wonder Woman #15  --  50,978 (-  3.4%)
02/2017: Wonder Woman #16  --  49,921 (-  2.1%)
02/2017: Wonder Woman #17  --  48,662 (-  2.5%)
03/2017: Wonder Woman #18  --  47,484 (-  2.4%)
03/2017: Wonder Woman #19  --  46,745 (-  1.6%)
04/2017: Wonder Woman #20  --  45,266 (-  3.2%)
04/2017: Wonder Woman #21  --  44,597 (-  1.5%)
05/2017: Wonder Woman #22  --  44,114 (-  1.1%)
05/2017: Wonder Woman #23  --  43,704 (-  0.9%)
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6 months: - 26.5%
1 year  : + 48.0%
2 years :    n.a.
5 years : -  9.9%
10 years: - 25.0%

No sign yet of the blockbuster movie having any affect on the sales of the single issues. (It was released in early June, so any actual as opposed to perceived demand may be yet to come…) But the WW Rebirth collections have been doing brisk business on Amazon since the release of the movie, so there’s been some positive impact.

Like Superman, Wonder Woman is, issue for issue, selling better than its New 52 version, and is way up on the end of the New 52 series (about 14K higher).

38 - TEEN TITANS ($3.99)
05/2007: Teen Titans #46 -- 61,478
05/2012: Teen Titans #9  -- 50,261
05/2013: Teen Titans #20 -- 36,391 
05/2014: -- 
05/2015: --
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05/2016: Teen Titans #20 -- 18,593 (- 15.4%)
06/2016: Teen Titans #21 -- 18,766 (+  0.9%)
07/2016: Teen Titans #22 -- 19,005 (+  1.3%)
08/2016: Teen Titans #23 -- 19,118 (+  0.6%)
09/2016: Teen Titans #24 -- 19,540 (+  2.2%)
09/2016: Rebirth #1      -- 93,411 (+378.0%)
10/2016: Teen Titans #1  -- 71,459 (- 23.5%)
11/2016: Teen Titans #2  -- 52,877 (- 26.0%)
12/2016: Teen Titans #3  -- 44,116 (- 16.6%)
01/2017: Teen Titans #4  -- 41,304 (-  6.4%)
02/2017: Teen Titans #5  -- 39,028 (-  5.5%)
03/2017: Teen Titans #6  -- 37,572 (-  3.7%)
04/2017: Teen Titans #7  -- 36,056 (-  4.0%)
05/2017: Teen Titans #8  -- 43,385 (+ 20.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 18.0%
1 year  : +133.3%
2 years :    n.a.
5 years : - 13.7%
10 years: - 29.4%

“Lazarus Contract” crossover with Titans and Deathstroke.

39, 40 - ACTION COMICS ($2.99)
05/2007: Action Comics #849 -- 53,610
05/2007: Action Comics #850 -- 56,166
05/2012: Action Comics #9   -- 88,796
05/2013: Action Comics #20  -- 48,324 
05/2014: Action Comics #31  -- 41,081  [46,325]
05/2015: --
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05/2016: Action Comics #52  -- 40,623 (+ 26.3%)
06/2016: Action Comics #957 -- 82,884 (+136.1%) [95,893]
06/2016: Action Comics #958 -- 83,227 (-  4.6%) [91,462]
07/2016: Action Comics #959 -- 91,671 (+  0.2%)
07/2016: Action Comics #960 -- 83,281 (-  9.2%)
08/2016: Action Comics #961 -- 79,003 (-  5.1%)
08/2016: Action Comics #962 -- 70,761 (- 10.4%)
09/2016: Action Comics #963 -- 60,824 (- 14.0%)
09/2016: Action Comics #964 -- 58,439 (-  3.9%)
10/2016: Action Comics #965 -- 55,678 (-  4.7%)
10/2016: Action Comics #966 -- 53,467 (-  4.0%)
11/2016: Action Comics #967 -- 50,611 (-  5.3%)
11/2016: Action Comics #968 -- 48,931 (-  3.3%)
12/2016: Action Comics #969 -- 46,573 (-  4.8%)
12/2016: Action Comics #970 -- 45,856 (-  1.5%)
01/2017: Action Comics #971 -- 44,894 (-  2.1%)
01/2017: Action Comics #972 -- 43,110 (-  4.0%)
02/2017: Action Comics #973 -- 43,047 (-  0.1%)
02/2017: Action Comics #974 -- 41,712 (-  3.1%)
03/2017: Action Comics #975 -- 47,382 (+ 13.6%)
03/2017: Action Comics #976 -- 46,846 (-  1.1%)
04/2017: Action Comics #977 -- 43,865 (-  6.4%)
04/2017: Action Comics #978 -- 43,555 (-  0.7%)
05/2017: Action Comics #979 -- 43,336 (-  0.5%)
05/2017: Action Comics #980 -- 42,811 (-  1.2%)
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6 months: - 13.5%
1 year  : +  6.0%
2 years :    n.a.
5 years : - 51.5%
10 years: - 21.5%

Sales are a few thousand below that of Superman, but there are lenticular covers in Action’s future—welcome back to the 90s!

41, 44 - JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA ($2.99)
05/2007: JL of America #9   -- 129,285  
05/2013: JL of America #4   --  77,856
05/2014: JL of America #14  --  51,351  [50,770]
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05/2016: --
06/2016: --
07/2016: --
08/2016: JL of America #9   --  44,700 (-  1.8%)
09/2016: --
10/2016: --
11/2016: JL of America #10  --  39,766 (- 11.0%)
12/2016: -- 
01/2017: Atom Rebirth #1    --  29,639 (- 25.5%)
01/2017: Vixen Rebirth #1   --  29,435 (-  0.7%)
01/2017: The Ray Rebirth #1 --  27,749 (-  5.7%)
01/2017: K Frost Rebirth #1 --  29,932 (+  7.9%)
02/2017: JLA Rebirth #1     --  80,737 (+ 59.0%)
02/2017: JL of America #1   -- 102,843 (+ 27.4%)
03/2017: JL of America #2   --  58,684 (- 42.9%)
03/2017: JL of America #3   --  53,354 (-  9.1%)
04/2017: JL of America #4   --  47,696 (- 10.6%)
04/2017: JL of America #5   --  45,697 (-  4.2%)
05/2017: JL of America #6   --  42,182 (-  7.7%)
05/2017: JL of America #7   --  40,970 (-  2.9%)
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6 months: +  4.6%
1 year  :    n.a.
10 years: - 67.8%

No longer returnable.

42 - BANE: CONQUEST ($3.99)
05/2017: Bane Conq #1 of 12  -- 41,709

Was the world really clamoring for a twelve-issue Bane maxi-series? 42K is a decent start, much better than most other DCU limited series, but twelve issues? I can see it lasting for six maybe. Following standard attrition metrics, my back-of-the-envelope calculations show this dropping to 17K by the time it’s done (-30% for issue #2, -15% for issue #3, -10% for issue #4, – 5% for issue #5, and -3% thereafter). Shall we come back in eleven months and see?

43, 45 - HARLEY QUINN ($2.99)
05/2014: Harley Quinn #6  --  62,467  [66,742]
05/2015: --
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05/2016: Harley Quinn #28 --  43,858 (- 20.1%)
06/2016: Harley Quinn #29 --  55,774 (+ 27.2%)
07/2016: Harley Quinn #30 --  45,443 (- 18.5%)
08/2016: Harley Quinn #1  -- 395,953 (+784.9%) [402,106]
08/2016: Harley Quinn #2  -- 128,316 (- 68.1%)
09/2016: Harley Quinn #3  --  89,799 (- 30.0%)
09/2016: Harley Quinn #4  --  81,046 (-  9.7%)
10/2016: Harley Quinn #5  --  69,237 (- 14.6%)
10/2016: Harley Quinn #6  --  64,710 (-  6.5%)
11/2016: Harley Quinn #7  --  56,878 (- 12.1%)
11/2016: Harley Quinn #8  --  54,111 (-  4.9%)
12/2016: Harley Quinn #9  --  49,871 (-  4.9%)
12/2016: Harley Quinn #10 --  48,380 (-  4.9%)
01/2017: Harley Quinn #11 --  47,308 (-  2.2%)
01/2017: Harley Quinn #12 --  45,599 (-  3.6%)
02/2017: Harley Quinn #13 --  45,400 (-  0.4%)
02/2017: Harley Quinn #14 --  43,798 (-  3.5%)
03/2017: Harley Quinn #15 --  43,264 (-  1.2%)
03/2017: Harley Quinn #16 --  42,797 (-  1.1%)
04/2017: Harley Quinn #17 --  43,263 (+  1.2%)
04/2017: Harley Quinn #18 --  41,645 (-  3.7%)
05/2017: Harley Quinn #19 --  41,552 (-  0.2%)
05/2017: Harley Quinn #20 --  40,596 (-  2.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 26.0%
1 year  : -  6.3%
2 years :    n.a.

46 - SUPER SONS ($3.99)
02/2017: Super Sons #1  -- 99,380
03/2017: Super Sons #2  -- 51,723 (- 48.0%)
04/2017: Super Sons #3  -- 44,561 (- 13.8%)
04/2017: Super Sons #4  -- 39,412 (- 11.6%)

No longer returnable.

47, 48 - SUICIDE SQUAD ($2.99)
05/2012: Suicide Squad #9      -- 32,581
05/2013: Suicide Squad #20     -- 23,537 
05/2014: Suicide Squad #30     -- 22,063 
05/2015: --
-----------------------------------------
05/2016: New Suicide Squad #20 --  23,425 (-  1.6%)
06/2016: New Suicide Squad #21 --  23,887 (+  2.0%)
07/2016: New Suicide Squad #22 --  25,162 (+  5.3%)
08/2016: Rebirth #1            -- 195,587 (+677.3%)
08/2016: Suicide Squad #1      -- 239,439 (+ 22.4%)
09/2016: Suicide Squad #2      --  98,533 (- 58.8%)
09/2016: Suicide Squad #3      --  90,885 (-  7.8%)
10/2016: Suicide Squad #4      --  76,324 (- 16.0%)
10/2016: Suicide Squad #5      --  69,819 (-  8.5%)
11/2016: Suicide Squad #6      --  61,973 (- 11.2%)
11/2016: Suicide Squad #7      --  59,452 (-  4.1%)
12/2016: Suicide Squad #8      --  59,967 (+  0.9%)
01/2017: Suicide Squad #9      --  54,010 (-  9.9%)
01/2017: Suicide Squad #10     --  53,649 (-  0.7%)
02/2017: Suicide Squad #11     --  48,723 (-  9.2%)
02/2017: Suicide Squad #12     --  46,860 (-  3.8%)
03/2017: Suicide Squad #13     --  45,064 (-  3.8%)
03/2017: Suicide Squad #14     --  43,388 (-  3.7%)
04/2017: Suicide Squad #15     --  40,940 (-  5.6%)
04/2017: Suicide Squad #16     --  41,929 (+  2.4%)
05/2017: Suicide Squad #17     --  38,719 (-  7.7%)
05/2017: Suicide Squad #18     --  38,401 (-  0.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 36.5%
1 year  : + 64.6%
2 years :    n.a.
5 years : + 18.4%

Back to normal after last month’s Daniel bump.

49 - TEEN TITANS LAZARUS CONTRACT SPECIAL ($4.99)
05/2017: TT Lazarus Contract #1 -- 38,217

One-Shot concluding the “Lazarus Contract” crossover. There’s not much to compare this to in the Rebirth era, but this seems like a decent figure given the titles involved.

50, 52 - NIGHTWING ($2.99)
05/2007: Nightwing #132 --  30,807
05/2012: Nightwing #9   --  61,395
05/2013: Nightwing #20  --  45,038
05/2014: Nightwing #30  --  43,923  [44,621]
05/2015: --
----------------------------------
05/2016: Grayson #20    --  23,762 (- 13.2%)
06/2016: --
07/2016: Rebirth #1     -- 140,631 (+491.8%)
07/2016: Nightwing #1   -- 126,266 (- 10.2%)
08/2016: Nightwing #2   -- 102,444 (- 18.9%)
08/2016: Nightwing #3   --  89,711 (- 12.4%)
09/2016: Nightwing #4   --  70,652 (- 21.2%)
09/2016: Nightwing #5   --  76,932 (+  8.9%)
10/2016: Nightwing #6   --  69,246 (- 10.0%)
10/2016: Nightwing #7   --  58,402 (- 15.7%)
11/2016: Nightwing #8   --  56,091 (-  4.0%)
11/2016: Nightwing #9   --  52,984 (-  5.5%)
12/2016: Nightwing #10  --  49,436 (-  6.7%)
12/2016: Nightwing #11  --  47,781 (-  3.3%)
01/2017: Nightwing #12  --  46,057 (-  3.6%)
01/2017: Nightwing #13  --  44,462 (-  3.5%)
02/2017: Nightwing #14  --  42,656 (-  4.1%)
02/2017: Nightwing #15  --  41,423 (-  2.9%)
03/2017: Nightwing #16  --  40,289 (-  2.7%)
03/2017: Nightwing #17  --  39,467 (-  2.0%)
04/2017: Nightwing #18  --  38,858 (-  1.5%)
04/2017: Nightwing #19  --  38,230 (-  1.6%)
05/2017: Nightwing #20  --  37,646 (-  1.5%)
05/2017: Nightwing #21  --  37,309 (-  0.9%)
-----------------
6 months: - 31.3%
1 year  : + 57.7%
2 years :    n.a.
5 years : - 39.0%
10 years: + 21.7%

56 - WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL ($4.99)
09/2007: Wonder Woman Annual #1 -- 48,395
06/2015: Wonder Woman Annual #1 -- 29,189           [29,475]
05/2017: Wonder Woman Annual #1 -- 36,427 (+ 23.6%)

Wonder Woman’s third first annual in ten years; will she ever get a second annual?

61 - BATMAN/THE SHADOW ($3.99)
04/2017: Batman/Shadow #1 of 6 -- 55,920
05/2017: Batman/Shadow #2 of 6 -- 34,956 (- 37.5%)

A typical second issue drop.

116, 62 - DEATHSTROKE ($2.99)
05/2012: Deathstroke #9   -- 20,878 
05/2013: Deathstroke #20  -- 11,768 
05/2015: --
-----------------------------------
05/2016: Deathstroke #18 --  21,087 (- 15.2%) 
06/2016: Deathstroke #19 --  21,094 (+  0.0%) 
07/2016: Deathstroke #20 --  20,562 (-  2.5%) 
08/2016: Rebirth #1      -- 109,250 (+431.3%)
08/2016: Deathstroke #1  --  91,962 (- 15.8%)
09/2016: Deathstroke #2  --  60,877 (- 33.8%)
09/2016: Deathstroke #3  --  54,908 (-  9.8%)
10/2016: Deathstroke #4  --  46,773 (- 14.8%)
10/2016: Deathstroke #5  --  43,058 (-  7.9%)
11/2016: Deathstroke #6  --  37,177 (- 13.7%)
11/2016: Deathstroke #7  --  35,782 (-  3.8%)
12/2016: Deathstroke #8  --  32,530 (-  9.1%)
12/2016: Deathstroke #9  --  31,519 (-  3.1%)
01/2017: Deathstroke #10 --  29,864 (-  5.3%)
01/2017: Deathstroke #11 --  28,625 (-  4.1%)
02/2017: Deathstroke #12 --  27,226 (-  4.9%)
02/2017: Deathstroke #13 --  26,328 (-  3.3%)
03/2017: Deathstroke #14 --  25,493 (-  3.2%)
03/2017: Deathstroke #15 --  24,746 (-  2.9%)
04/2017: Deathstroke #16 --  23,712 (-  4.2%)
04/2017: Deathstroke #17 --  23,449 (-  1.1%)
05/2017: Deathstroke #18 --  22,742 (-  3.0%)
05/2017: Deathstroke #19 --  34,772 (+ 52.9%)
-----------------
6 months: - 21.2%
1 year  : + 36.4%
2 years :    n.a.
5 years : + 37.7%

Issue #19 was the “Lazarus Contract” crossover, and as the typically lowest-selling title int he crossover it get the largest sales bump. These are also the last twice-monthly issues, as Deathstroke goes monthly in June (and gets a corresponding price increase…)

65 - TRINITY ($3.99)
09/2016: Trinity #1  -- 103,177 (+217.3%)
10/2016: Trinity #2  --  71,617 (- 30.6%)
11/2016: Trinity #3  --  58,253 (- 18.7%)
12/2016: Trinity #4  --  50,270 (- 13.7%)
01/2017: Trinity #5  --  46,204 (-  8.1%)
02/2017: Trinity #6  --  42,001 (-  9.1%)
03/2017: Trinity #7  --  39,380 (-  6.2%)
04/2017: Trinity #8  --  36,803 (-  6.5%)
05/2017: Trinity #9  --  34,317 (-  6.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 52.1%

67, 69 - HAL JORDAN & THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS ($2.99)
05/2007: Green Lantern Corps #12  --  33,267
05/2012: Green Lantern Corps #9   --  46,336
05/2013: Green Lantern Corps #20  --  43,026  
05/2014: Green Lantern Corps #31  --  28,449  [29,017]
05/2015: --
--------------------------------------------
05/2016: Edge of Oblivion #5 of 6 --  18,699 (-  3.8%)
06/2016: Edge of Oblivion #6 of 6 --  18,459 (-  1.3%)
07/2016: Rebirth #1               -- 125,362 (+579.1%)
07/2016: Hal Jordan & GLC #1      -- 119,579 (-  4.6%)
08/2016: Hal Jordan & GLC #2      --  85,769 (- 28.3%)
08/2016: Hal Jordan & GLC #3      --  71,211 (- 17.0%)
09/2016: Hal Jordan & GLC #4      --  60,297 (- 15.3%)
09/2016: Hal Jordan & GLC #5      --  56,029 (-  7.1%)
10/2016: Hal Jordan & GLC #6      --  49,988 (- 10.8%)
10/2016: Hal Jordan & GLC #7      --  48,064 (-  3.8%)
11/2016: Hal Jordan & GLC #8      --  45,194 (-  6.0%)
11/2016: Hal Jordan & GLC #9      --  43,486 (-  3.8%)
12/2016: Hal Jordan & GLC #10     --  41,234 (-  5.2%)
12/2016: Hal Jordan & GLC #11     --  40,111 (-  2.7%)
01/2017: Hal Jordan & GLC #12     --  39,148 (-  2.4%)
01/2017: Hal Jordan & GLC #13     --  38,053 (-  2.8%)
02/2017: Hal Jordan & GLC #14     --  37,504 (-  1.4%)
02/2017: Hal Jordan & GLC #15     --  36,331 (-  3.1%)
03/2017: Hal Jordan & GLC #16     --  35,996 (-  0.9%)
03/2017: Hal Jordan & GLC #17     --  35,205 (-  2.2%)
04/2017: Hal Jordan & GLC #18     --  34,507 (-  2.0%)
04/2017: Hal Jordan & GLC #19     --  34,140 (-  1.1%)
05/2017: Hal Jordan & GLC #20     --  33,721 (-  1.2%)
05/2017: Hal Jordan & GLC #21     --  33,259 (-  1.4%)
----------------
6 months: - 24.5%
1 year  : + 79.1%
2 years :    n.a.
5 years : - 27.7%
10 years: +  0.7%

69, 72 - GREEN LANTERNS ($2.99)
05/2007: Green Lantern #19  --  62,439
05/2007: Green Lantern #20  --  60,556
05/2012: Green Lantern #9   --  87,601
05/2013: Green Lantern #20  --  67,414 
05/2014: Green Lantern #31  --  43,769  [44,092]
05/2015: --
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05/2016: Green Lantern #52  --  32,936 (+  0.2%)
06/2016: Rebirth #1         -- 109,454 (+232.2%)
06/2016: Green Lanterns #1  --  93,401 (-  1.5%) [107,767]
07/2016: Green Lanterns #2  --  90,268 (- 16.2%)
07/2016: Green Lanterns #3  --  86,579 (-  4.1%)
08/2016: Green Lanterns #4  --  78,254 (-  9.6%)
08/2016: Green Lanterns #5  --  70,677 (-  9.7%)
09/2016: Green Lanterns #6  --  58,346 (- 17.4%)
09/2016: Green Lanterns #7  --  55,367 (-  5.1%)
10/2016: Green Lanterns #8  --  52,025 (-  6.0%)
10/2016: Green Lanterns #9  --  49,434 (-  5.0%)
11/2016: Green Lanterns #10 --  46,306 (-  6.3%)
11/2016: Green Lanterns #11 --  44,703 (-  3.5%)
12/2016: Green Lanterns #12 --  42,241 (-  5.5%)
12/2016: Green Lanterns #13 --  41,090 (-  2.7%)
01/2017: Green Lanterns #14 --  39,854 (-  3.0%)
01/2017: Green Lanterns #15 --  38,571 (-  3.2%)
02/2017: Green Lanterns #16 --  37,845 (-  1.9%)
02/2017: Green Lanterns #17 --  36,636 (-  3.2%)
03/2017: Green Lanterns #18 --  35,824 (-  2.2%)
03/2017: Green Lanterns #19 --  35,368 (-  1.3%)
04/2017: Green Lanterns #20 --  34,224 (-  3.2%)
04/2017: Green Lanterns #21 --  33,556 (-  2.0%)
05/2017: Green Lanterns #22 --  32,686 (-  2.6%)
05/2017: Green Lanterns #23 --  32,251 (-  1.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 28.6%
1 year  : -  1.4%
2 years :    n.a.
5 years : - 62.9%
10 years: - 47.2%

81 - BATWOMAN ($3.99)
05/2012: Batwoman #9   -- 43,942
05/2013: Batwoman #20  -- 29,698 
05/2014: Batwoman #31  -- 18,463 
--------------------------------
02/2017: Rebirth #1    -- 57,915 (+318.9%)
03/2017: Batwoman #1   -- 60,334 (+  4.2%)
04/2017: Batwoman #2   -- 36,563 (- 39.4%)
05/2017: Batwoman #3   -- 29,664 (- 18.9%)
-----------------
5 years : - 32.5%

No longer returnable. So far the drops are within expected parameters for the early issues of a series.

85, 88 - GREEN ARROW ($2.99)
05/2007: Green Arrow #74 -- 30,751
05/2012: Green Arrow #9  -- 26,966
05/2013: Green Arrow #20 -- 27,541 
05/2014: Green Arrow #31 -- 23,475 
05/2015: --
----------------------------------
05/2016: Green Arrow #52 -- 20,559 (-  2.9%)
06/2016: Rebirth #1      -- 89,936 (+373.0%) [97,243]
06/2016: Green Arrow #1  -- 76,816 (-  4.4%) [92,931]
07/2016: Green Arrow #2  -- 80,134 (- 13.8%)
07/2016: Green Arrow #3  -- 80,150 (+  0.0%)
08/2016: Green Arrow #4  -- 74,335 (-  7.3%)
08/2016: Green Arrow #5  -- 69,530 (-  6.5%)
09/2016: Green Arrow #6  -- 55,330 (- 20.4%)
09/2016: Green Arrow #7  -- 52,794 (-  4.6%)
10/2016: Green Arrow #8  -- 49,904 (-  7.4%)
10/2016: Green Arrow #9  -- 46,606 (-  4.7%)
11/2016: Green Arrow #10 -- 43,355 (-  7.0%)
11/2016: Green Arrow #11 -- 41,576 (-  4.1%)
12/2016: Green Arrow #12 -- 38,515 (-  7.4%)
12/2016: Green Arrow #13 -- 37,365 (-  3.0%)
01/2017: Green Arrow #14 -- 35,733 (-  4.4%)
01/2017: Green Arrow #15 -- 34,590 (-  3.2%)
02/2017: Green Arrow #16 -- 33,371 (-  3.5%)
02/2017: Green Arrow #17 -- 32,392 (-  2.9%)
03/2017: Green Arrow #18 -- 31,838 (-  1.7%)
03/2017: Green Arrow #19 -- 30,984 (-  2.7%)
04/2017: Green Arrow #20 -- 30,216 (-  2.5%)
04/2017: Green Arrow #21 -- 29,993 (-  0.7%)
05/2017: Green Arrow #22 -- 28,931 (-  3.5%)
05/2017: Green Arrow #23 -- 28,291 (-  2.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 32.6%
1 year  : + 39.2%
2 years :    n.a.
5 years : +  6.1%
10 years: -  7.0%

87 - TRINITY ANNUAL ($4.99)
05/2017: Trinity Annual #1 -- 28,298 

About 6K below the regular title, though above it in terms of $$$ sales.

93, 97 - AQUAMAN ($2.99)
05/2007: Aquaman SoA #51 -- 16,778
05/2012: Aquaman #9      -- 60,527
05/2013: Aquaman #19     -- 53,415 
05/2014: Aquaman #31     -- 32,076 
05/2015: --
----------------------------------
05/2016: Aquaman #52     -- 22,246 (+  1.3%)
06/2016: Rebirth #1      -- 75,206 (+308.3%) [90,841]
06/2016: Aquaman #1      -- 84,745 (+  2.8%) [93,339]
07/2016: Aquaman #2      -- 77,550 (- 16.9%)
07/2016: Aquaman #3      -- 75,196 (-  3.0%)
08/2016: Aquaman #4      -- 67,641 (- 10.0%)
08/2016: Aquaman #5      -- 60,422 (- 10.7%)
09/2016: Aquaman #6      -- 49,903 (- 17.4%)
09/2016: Aquaman #7      -- 47,005 (-  5.8%)
10/2016: Aquaman #8      -- 44,551 (-  5.2%)
10/2016: Aquaman #9      -- 42,695 (-  4.2%)
11/2016: Aquaman #10     -- 39,816 (-  6.7%)
11/2016: Aquaman #11     -- 38,109 (-  4.3%)
12/2016: Aquaman #12     -- 35,571 (-  6.7%)
12/2016: Aquaman #13     -- 34,619 (-  2.7%)
01/2017: Aquaman #14     -- 33,377 (-  3.6%)
01/2017: Aquaman #15     -- 32,424 (-  2.9%)
02/2017: Aquaman #16     -- 31,408 (-  3.1%)
02/2017: Aquaman #17     -- 30,584 (-  2.6%)
03/2017: Aquaman #18     -- 30,044 (-  1.8%)
03/2017: Aquaman #19     -- 29,279 (-  2.5%)
04/2017: Aquaman #20     -- 28,452 (-  2.8%)
04/2017: Aquaman #21     -- 27,837 (-  2.2%)
05/2017: Aquaman #22     -- 27,215 (-  2.2%)
05/2017: Aquaman #23     -- 26,841 (-  1.4%)
-----------------
6 months: - 30.6%
1 year  : + 21.5%
2 years :    n.a.
5 years : - 55.3%
10 years: + 61.1%

Goes monthly in July.

98 - JUSTICE LEAGUE/POWER RANGERS ($3.99)
01/2017: JL/Power Rangers #1 of 6 -- 86,589           [93,443]
02/2017: JL/Power Rangers #2 of 6 -- 32,835 (- 64.9%)
03/2017: JL/Power Rangers #3 of 6 -- 28,254 (- 14.0%)
04/2017: --
05/2017: JL/Power Rangers #4 of 6 -- 26,391 (-  6.6%)

100 - RED HOOD & THE OUTLAWS ($3.99)
05/2012: Red Hood & Outlaws #9  -- 37,974
05/2013: Red Hood & Outlaws #20 -- 35,542 
05/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #31 -- 21,257 
05/2015: --
-----------------------------------------
05/2016: Red Hood/Arsenal #12   -- 16,402 (- 16.8%)
06/2016: Red Hood/Arsenal #13   -- 16,389 (-  0.1%)
07/2016: Rebirth #1             -- 97,722 (+496.3%)
08/2016: Red Hood & Outlaws #1  -- 92,234 (-  5.6%)
09/2016: Red Hood & Outlaws #2  -- 54,937 (- 40.4%)
10/2016: Red Hood & Outlaws #3  -- 41,971 (- 23.6%)
11/2016: Red Hood & Outlaws #4  -- 36,740 (- 12.5%)
12/2016: Red Hood & Outlaws #5  -- 32,860 (- 10.6%)
01/2017: Red Hood & Outlaws #6  -- 31,321 (-  4.7%)
02/2017: Red Hood & Outlaws #7  -- 28,753 (-  8.2%)
03/2017: Red Hood & Outlaws #8  -- 27,894 (-  3.0%)
04/2017: Red Hood & Outlaws #9  -- 26,410 (-  5.3%)
05/2017: Red Hood & Outlaws #10 -- 25,977 (-  1.6%)
-----------------
6 months: - 29.3%
1 year  : + 58.4%
2 years :    n.a.
5 years : - 31.6%

103 - THE WILD STORM ($3.99)
02/2017: The Wild Storm #1  -- 54,442
03/2017: The Wild Storm #2  -- 37,818 (- 30.5%)
04/2017: The Wild Storm #3  -- 30,595 (- 19.1%)
05/2017: The Wild Storm #4  -- 25,571 (- 16.4%)

No longer returnable. Even with the biggish drop, still the top-selling non-DCU title for May.

215, 219, 107, 170 - INJUSTICE: GROUND ZERO / INJUSTICE 2 (Digital-First) ($2.99)
05/2013: Injustice #5     -- 25,215 
05/2014: Injustice Y2 #5  -- 19,834 
05/2015: Injustice Y4 #1  -- 17,958
-----------------------------------
05/2016: Injustice Y5 #9  -- 13,539 (-  0.2%)
05/2016: Injustice Y5 #10 -- 13,332 (-  1.5%)
06/2016: Injustice Y5 #11 -- 13,682 (+  2.6%)
06/2016: Injustice Y5 #12 -- 13,318 (-  2.7%)
07/2016: Injustice Y5 #13 -- 13,590 (+  2.0%)
07/2016: Injustice Y5 #14 -- 13,418 (-  1.3%)
08/2016: Injustice Y5 #15 -- 13,258 (-  1.2%)
08/2016: Injustice Y5 #16 -- 12,914 (-  2.6%)
09/2016: Injustice Y5 #17 -- 12,782 (-  1.0%)
09/2016: Injustice Y5 #18 -- 12,740 (-  0.3%)
10/2016: Injustice Y5 #19 -- 12,262 (-  3.8%)
10/2016: Injustice Y5 #20 -- 12,313 (+  0.4%)
11/2016: --
12/2016: Ground Zero #1   -- 17,513 (+ 42.2%)
12/2016: Ground Zero #2   -- 13,406 (- 23.5%)
01/2017: Ground Zero #3   -- 11,980 (- 10.6%)
01/2017: Ground Zero #4   -- 11,927 (-  0.4%)
02/2017: Ground Zero #5   -- 11,043 (-  7.4%)
02/2017: Ground Zero #6   -- 11,110 (+  0.6%)
03/2017: Ground Zero #7   -- 10,920 (-  1.7%)
03/2017: Ground Zero #8   -- 10,670 (-  2.3%)
04/2017: Ground Zero #9   -- 10,669 (-  0.0%)
04/2017: Ground Zero #10  -- 10,466 (-  1.9%)
05/2017: Ground Zero #11  -- 10,231 (-  2.2%)
05/2017: Ground Zero #12  -- 10,025 (-  2.0%)
05/2017: Injustice 2 #1   -- 24,325 (+142.6%)
05/2017: Injustice 2 #2   -- 13,557 (- 44.3%)
----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : +  8.2%
2 years : - 19.1%

A whopping four issues of Injustice in May: the final issues of Ground Zero and the start of Injustice 2. The debut issue of Injustice 2 is the strongest start to an Injustice series since Year 2 back in 2014. However Injustice 2 #1 was aided by a Jim Lee variant cover, and the large second issue drop brings it in line with the second issue of Ground Zero.

109 - BATMAN BEYOND ($3.99)
05/2012: Unlimited #4      -- 24,356
05/2013: Unlimited #16     -- 15,822 
05/2014: Universe #10      -- 13,869 
05/2015: --
------------------------------------
05/2016: Batman Beyond #12 -- 18,133 (+  0.4%)
06/2016: Batman Beyond #13 -- 13,025 (- 28.2%)
07/2016: Batman Beyond #14 -- 18,001 (+ 38.2%)
08/2016: Batman Beyond #15 -- 17,882 (-  0.7%)
09/2016: Batman Beyond #16 -- 17,799 (-  0.5%)
09/2016: Rebirth #1        -- 74,722 (+319.8%)
10/2016: Batman Beyond #1  -- 66,591 (- 10.0%)
11/2016: Batman Beyond #2  -- 41,313 (- 38.0%)
12/2016: Batman Beyond #3  -- 32,916 (- 20.3%)
01/2017: Batman Beyond #4  -- 29,767 (-  9.6%)
02/2017: Batman Beyond #5  -- 27,495 (-  7.6%)
03/2017: Batman Beyond #6  -- 26,261 (-  4.5%)
04/2017: Batman Beyond #7  -- 24,789 (-  5.6%)
05/2017: Batman Beyond #8  -- 24,093 (-  2.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 41.7%
1 year  : + 32.9%
2 years :    n.a.
5 years : +  1.1%

112 - BATGIRL ($3.99)
05/2012: Batgirl #9  -- 58,710
05/2013: Batgirl #20 -- 42,600 
05/2014: Batgirl #31 -- 31,522  [31,369]
05/2015: --
-------------------------------
05/2016: Batgirl #52 --  26,492 (+ 13.8%)
06/2016: --
07/2016: Batgirl #1  -- 105,795 (+299.3%)
08/2016: Batgirl #2  --  68,611 (- 35.1%)
09/2016: Batgirl #3  --  51,580 (- 24.8%)
10/2016: Batgirl #4  --  40,778 (- 20.9%)
11/2016: Batgirl #5  --  35,210 (- 13.7%)
12/2016: Batgirl #6  --  31,294 (- 11.1%)
01/2017: Batgirl #7  --  28,712 (-  8.3%)
02/2017: Batgirl #8  --  26,539 (-  7.6%)
03/2017: Batgirl #9  --  25,469 (-  4.0%)
04/2017: Batgirl #10 --  24,117 (-  5.3%)
05/2017: Batgirl #11 --  23,338 (-  3.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 33.7%
1 year  : - 11.9%
2 years :    n.a.
5 years : - 60.2%

117 - SUPERGIRL ($3.99)
05/2007: Supergirl #17  --  50,429 
05/2012: Supergirl #9   --  25,129
05/2013: Supergirl #20  --  27,509 
05/2014: Supergirl #31  --  22,783 
----------------------------------
08/2016: Rebirth #1     -- 124,088 (+367.8%)
09/2016: Supergirl #1   --  99,272 (- 20.0%)
10/2016: Supergirl #2   --  50,261 (- 49.4%)
11/2016: Supergirl #3   --  37,316 (- 25.8%)
12/2016: Supergirl #4   --  31,040 (- 16.8%)
01/2017: Supergirl #5   --  29,030 (-  6.5%)
02/2017: Supergirl #6   --  26,240 (-  9.6%)
03/2017: Supergirl #7   --  24,592 (-  6.3%)
04/2017: Supergirl #8   --  23,814 (-  3.2%)
05/2017: Supergirl #9   --  22,605 (-  5.1%)
-----------------
6 months: - 39.4%
5 years : - 10.0%
10 years: - 55.2%

120 - BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY ($3.99)
05/2007: Birds of Prey #106 --  28,363
05/2012: Birds of Prey #9   --  41,421
05/2013: Birds of Prey #20  --  21,126 
05/2014: Birds of Prey #31  --  15,947 
--------------------------------------
07/2016: Rebirth #1         -- 109,066 (+119.0%)
08/2016: Batgirl & BoP #1   --  83,481 (- 23.5%)
09/2016: Batgirl & BoP #2   --  54,083 (- 35.2%)
10/2016: Batgirl & BoP #3   --  40,041 (- 26.0%)
11/2016: Batgirl & BoP #4   --  33,138 (- 17.2%)
12/2016: Batgirl & BoP #5   --  28,846 (- 13.0%)
01/2017: Batgirl & BoP #6   --  26,618 (-  7.7%)
02/2017: Batgirl & BoP #7   --  24,466 (-  8.1%)
03/2017: Batgirl & BoP #8   --  22,941 (-  6.2%)
04/2017: Batgirl & BoP #9   --  21,535 (-  6.1%)
05/2017: Batgirl & BoP #10  --  20,818 (-  3.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 37.2%
5 years : - 49.7%
10 years: - 26.6%

130 - THE HELLBLAZER ($3.99)
05/2007: Hellblazer #232    -- 13,164
05/2012: Hellblazer #291    --  9,426
05/2013: Constantine #3     -- 29,106 
05/2014: Constantine #14    -- 17,422 
05/2015: --
-------------------------------------
05/2016: The Hellblazer #12 -- 15,904 (-  2.1%)
06/2016: The Hellblazer #13 -- 15,697 (-  1.3%)
07/2016: Rebirth #1         -- 84,404 (+437.7%)
08/2016: The Hellblazer #1  -- 65,707 (- 22.2%)
09/2016: The Hellblazer #2  -- 44,824 (- 31.8%)
10/2016: The Hellblazer #3  -- 33,596 (- 25.0%)
11/2016: The Hellblazer #4  -- 28,882 (- 14.0%)
12/2016: The Hellblazer #5  -- 25,780 (- 10.7%)
01/2017: The Hellblazer #6  -- 23,349 (-  9.4%)
02/2017: The Hellblazer #7  -- 21,450 (-  8.1%)
03/2017: The Hellblazer #8  -- 20,510 (-  4.4%)
04/2017: The Hellblazer #9  -- 19,115 (-  6.8%)
05/2017: The Hellblazer #10 -- 18,370 (-  3.9%)
-----------------
6 months: - 36.4%
1 year  : +  8.7%
2 years :    n.a.
5 years : + 94.9%
10 years: + 39.5%

132 - BUG: THE ADVENTURES OF FORAGER (Young Animal) ($3.99)
05/2017: Bug #1 of 6 -- 18,252

With Doom Patrol on hiatus this month, the first issue of the Bug mini-series is the top Young Animal book for May. While sales of Bug are no where near the debuts of the other YA series, 18K is still pretty good for a series based on a character that is unknown to all but the most die-hard Kirby Fourth World enthusiasts.

140 - SUPERWOMAN ($3.99)
08/2016: Superwoman #1  -- 101,289   
09/2016: Superwoman #2  --  55,480 (- 45.2%)   
10/2016: Superwoman #3  --  40,554 (- 26.9%)   
11/2016: Superwoman #4  --  30,070 (- 25.9%)   
12/2016: Superwoman #5  --  24,761 (- 17.7%)   
01/2017: Superwoman #6  --  23,065 (-  6.8%)   
02/2017: Superwoman #7  --  20,435 (- 11.4%)   
03/2017: Superwoman #8  --  18,857 (-  7.7%)   
04/2017: Superwoman #9  --  17,836 (-  5.4%)   
05/2017: Superwoman #10 --  17,068 (-  4.3%)   
-----------------
6 months: - 43.2%

151 - SCOOBY APOCALYPSE ($3.99)
05/2016: Scooby Apocalypse #1  -- 69,520           [77,409]
06/2016: Scooby Apocalypse #2  -- 29,812 (- 61.5%)
07/2016: Scooby Apocalypse #3  -- 29,494 (-  1.1%)
08/2016: Scooby Apocalypse #4  -- 28,148 (-  4.6%)
09/2016: Scooby Apocalypse #5  -- 26,170 (-  7.0%)
10/2016: Scooby Apocalypse #6  -- 23,781 (-  9.1%)
11/2016: Scooby Apocalypse #7  -- 21,983 (-  7.6%)
12/2016: Scooby Apocalypse #8  -- 20,126 (-  8.4%)
01/2017: Scooby Apocalypse #9  -- 19,208 (-  4.6%)
02/2017: Scooby Apocalypse #10 -- 17,993 (-  6.3%)
03/2017: Scooby Apocalypse #11 -- 17,281 (-  4.0%)
04/2017: Scooby Apocalypse #12 -- 16,492 (-  4.6%)
05/2017: Scooby Apocalypse #13 -- 16,016 (-  2.9%)
-----------------
6 months: - 27.1%
1 year  : - 79.3%

155 - FUTURE QUEST ($3.99)
05/2016: Future Quest #1  -- 48,627          [56,756]
06/2016: --
07/2016: Future Quest #2  -- 30,170 (- 45.9%)
07/2016: Future Quest #3  -- 27,786 (-  9.5%)
08/2016: Future Quest #4  -- 25,472 (-  8.3%)
09/2016: --
10/2016: Future Quest #5  -- 23,975 (-  5.9%)
10/2016: Future Quest #6  -- 22,131 (-  7.7%)
11/2016: Future Quest #7  -- 19,910 (- 10.0%)
12/2016: Future Quest #8  -- 18,296 (-  8.1%)
01/2017: Future Quest #9  -- 17,089 (-  6.6%)
02/2017: Future Quest #10 -- 16,246 (-  4.9%)
03/2017: Future Quest #11 -- 15,750 (-  3.1%)
04/2017: --
05/2017: Future Quest #12 -- 15,528 (-  1.4%)
-----------------
6 months: - 22.0%
1 year  : - 72.6%

Final issue, but relaunching in August as Future Quest Showcase.

166 - NEW SUPER-MAN ($3.99)
07/2016: New Super-Man #1  -- 129,452
08/2016: New Super-Man #2  --  79,774 (- 38.4%)
09/2016: New Super-Man #3  --  45,976 (- 42.4%)
10/2016: New Super-Man #4  --  31,689 (- 31.1%)
11/2016: New Super-Man #5  --  25,378 (- 19.9%)
12/2016: New Super-Man #6  --  21,000 (- 17.3%)
01/2017: New Super-Man #7  --  18,959 (-  9.7%)
02/2017: New Super-Man #8  --  16,962 (- 10.5%)
03/2017: New Super-Man #9  --  15,576 (-  8.2%)
04/2017: New Super-Man #10 --  14,748 (-  5.3%)
05/2017: New Super-Man #11 --  13,995 (-  5.1%)
-----------------
6 months: - 44.9%

171 - THE KAMANDI CHALLENGE ($3.99)
01/2017: Kamandi Challenge #1 of 12 -- 23,576
02/2017: Kamandi Challenge #2 of 12 -- 16,650 (- 29.4%)
03/2017: Kamandi Challenge #3 of 12 -- 15,446 (-  7.2%)
04/2017: Kamandi Challenge #4 of 12 -- 14,205 (-  8.0%)
05/2017: Kamandi Challenge #5 of 12 -- 13,504 (-  4.9%)

173, 180 - DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS (Digital First) ($3.99)
05/2016: Bombshells #12 --  18,512 (-  1.8%)
05/2016: Bombshells #13 --  18,046 (-  2.5%)
06/2016: Bombshells #14 --  18,492 (+  2.5%)
07/2016: Bombshells #15 --  17,956 (-  2.9%)
08/2016: Bombshells #16 --  17,623 (-  1.9%)
09/2016: Bombshells #17 --  16,685 (-  5.3%)
10/2016: Bombshells #18 --  16,042 (-  3.9%)
11/2016: Bombshells #19 --  15,452 (-  3.7%)
12/2016: Bombshells #20 --  14,428 (-  6.6%)
01/2017: Bombshells #21 --  13,748 (-  4.7%)
02/2017: Bombshells #22 --  13,204 (-  4.0%)
03/2017: Bombshells #23 --  12,794 (-  3.1%)
03/2017: Bombshells #24 --  12,525 (-  2.1%)
04/2017: Bombshells #25 --  12,499 (-  0.2%)
05/2017: Bombshells #26 --  13,325 (+  6.6%)
05/2017: Bombshells #27 --  12,917 (-  3.1%)
-----------------
6 months: - 22.1%
1 year  : - 33.7%

178 - BLUE BEETLE ($3.99)
05/2007: Blue Beetle #15 -- 16,906
05/2012: Blue Beetle #9  -- 16,607
----------------------------------
08/2016: Rebirth #1      -- 80,292 (+599.0%)   
09/2016: Blue Beetle #1  -- 57,454 (- 28.4%)   
10/2016: Blue Beetle #2  -- 36,799 (- 35.9%)   
11/2016: Blue Beetle #3  -- 25,300 (- 31.2%)   
12/2016: Blue Beetle #4  -- 20,811 (- 17.7%)   
01/2017: Blue Beetle #5  -- 18,104 (- 13.0%)   
02/2017: Blue Beetle #6  -- 15,906 (- 12.1%)   
03/2017: Blue Beetle #7  -- 14,690 (-  7.6%)   
04/2017: Blue Beetle #8  -- 13,406 (-  8.7%)   
05/2017: Blue Beetle #9  -- 12,939 (-  3.5%)   
-----------------
6 months: - 48.9%
5 years : - 22.1%
10 years: - 23.5%

179 - CYBORG ($3.99)
05/2016: Cyborg #11 -- 12,425 (- 18.6%) 
06/2016: Cyborg #12 -- 12,411 (-  0.1%) 
07/2016: --
08/2016: --
09/2016: Rebirth #1 -- 70,586 (+468.7%)
09/2016: Cyborg #1  -- 61,908 (- 12.3%)
10/2016: Cyborg #2  -- 41,577 (- 32.8%)
10/2016: Cyborg #3  -- 35,756 (- 14.0%)
11/2016: Cyborg #4  -- 28,303 (- 20.8%)
11/2016: Cyborg #5  -- 25,772 (-  8.9%)
12/2016: Cyborg #6  -- 21,287 (- 17.4%)
12/2016: Cyborg #7  -- 19,788 (-  7.0%)
01/2017: Cyborg #8  -- 18,562 (-  6.2%)
02/2017: Cyborg #9  -- 16,274 (- 12.3%)
03/2017: Cyborg #10 -- 14,977 (-  8.0%)
04/2017: Cyborg #11 -- 13,677 (-  8.7%)
05/2017: Cyborg #12 -- 12,929 (-  5.5%)
-----------------
6 months: - 52.2%
1 year  : +  4.1%

187 - BATMAN '66 MEETS WONDER WOMAN '77 (Digital-First) ($3.99)
05/2016: UNCLE #6 of 6        -- 11,060 (-  1.1%)
06/2016: --
07/2016: Avengers #1 of 6     -- 13,921 (+ 25.9%)
08/2016: Avengers #2 of 6     -- 11,079 (- 20.4%)
09/2016: Avengers #3 of 6     -- 10,082 (-  9.0%)
10/2016: Avengers #4 of 6     --  9,556 (-  5.2%)
11/2016: Avengers #5 of 6     --  9,223 (-  3.5%)
12/2016: Avengers #6 of 6     --  8,675 (-  5.9%)
01/2017: Wonder Woman #1 of 6 -- 23,687 (+173.0%)
02/2017: Wonder Woman #2 of 6 -- 14,484 (- 38.9%)
03/2017: Wonder Woman #3 of 6 -- 13,277 (-  8.3%)
04/2017: Wonder Woman #4 of 6 -- 12,537 (-  5.6%)
05/2017: Wonder Woman #5 of 6 -- 12,192 (-  2.8%)
----------------
6 months: + 32.2%
1 year  : + 10.2%

210 - MOTHER PANIC (Young Animal) ($3.99)
11/2016: Mother Panic #1  -- 45,089
12/2016: Mother Panic #2  -- 20,506 (- 54.5%)
01/2017: --
02/2017: Mother Panic #3  -- 16,261 (- 20.7%)
03/2017: Mother Panic #4  -- 14,327 (- 11.9%)
03/2017: Mother Panic #5  -- 12,339 (- 13.9%)
04/2017: Mother Panic #6  -- 11,140 (-  9.7%)
04/2017: Mother Panic #7  -- 10,479 (-  5.9%)
-----------------
6 months: - 76.8%

212 - CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE (Young Animal) ($3.99)
10/2016: Cave Carson #1  -- 38,724
11/2016: Cave Carson #2  -- 22,106 (- 42.9%)
12/2016: Cave Carson #3  -- 16,755 (- 24.2%)
01/2017: Cave Carson #4  -- 14,183 (- 15.4%)
02/2017: Cave Carson #5  -- 12,388 (- 12.7%)
03/2017: Cave Carson #6  -- 11,558 (-  6.7%)
04/2017: Cave Carson #7  -- 10,873 (-  5.9%)
05/2017: Cave Carson #8  -- 10,253 (-  5.7%)
-----------------
6 months: - 53.6%

216 - THE FALL AND RISE OF CAPTAIN ATOM ($2.99)
05/2012: Captain Atom #9       -- 12,264
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01/2017: F&R Capt Atom #1 of 6 -- 18,728 (+ 34.4%)
02/2017: F&R Capt Atom #2 of 6 -- 12,671 (- 32.3%)
03/2017: F&R Capt Atom #3 of 6 -- 11,659 (-  8.0%)
04/2017: F&R Capt Atom #4 of 6 -- 10,644 (-  8.7%)
05/2017: F&R Capt Atom #5 of 6 -- 10,221 (-  4.0%)
-----------------
5 years : - 16.7%

227 - SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL (Young Animal) ($3.99)
10/2016: Shade #1  -- 35,289
11/2016: Shade #2  -- 21,479 (- 39.1%)
12/2016: Shade #3  -- 15,837 (- 26.3%)
01/2017: Shade #4  -- 13,536 (- 14.5%)
02/2017: Shade #5  -- 11,670 (- 13.8%)
03/2017: Shade #6  -- 10,612 (-  9.1%)
04/2017: Shade #7  --  9,827 (-  7.4%)
05/2017: Shade #8  --  9,350 (-  4.9%)
----------------
6 months: - 56.5%

228 - ASTRO CITY (Vertigo) ($3.99)
05/2007: -- 
05/2012: --
05/2013: --
05/2014: Astro City #12  -- 13,795 
05/2015: Astro City #23  -- 11,215 
----------------------------------
05/2016: Astro City #35  --  9,996 (- 1.2%)
06/2016: Astro City #36  --  9,960 (- 0.4%)
07/2016: Astro City #37  --  9,953 (- 0.1%)
08/2016: --
09/2016: Astro City #38  --  9,963 (- 0.9%)
09/2016: Astro City #39  --  9,621 (- 2.5%)
10/2016: Astro City #40  --  9,568 (- 0.6%)
11/2016: --
12/2016: --
01/2017: --
02/2017: Astro City #41  -- 10,066 (+ 5.2%)
03/2017: Astro City #42  --  9,481 (- 5.8%)
04/2017: Astro City #43  --  9,309 (- 1.8%)
05/2017: Astro City #44  --  9,318 (+ 0.1%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : -  6.8%
2 years : - 16.9%
5 years :    n.a.
10 years:    n.a.

The top Vertigo series for May.

234 - THE ODYSSEY OF THE AMAZONS ($3.99)
01/2017: Odyssey Amazons #1 of 6 -- 21,811
02/2017: Odyssey Amazons #2 of 6 -- 14,334 (- 34.3%)
03/2017: Odyssey Amazons #3 of 6 -- 11,013 (- 23.2%)
04/2017: Odyssey Amazons #4 of 6 --  9,573 (- 13.1%)
05/2017: Odyssey Amazons #5 of 6 --  8,942 (-  6.6%)

236 - THE FLINTSTONES ($3.99)
07/2016: Flintstones #1  -- 43,996
08/2016: Flintstones #2  -- 19,612 (- 55.4%)
09/2016: Flintstones #3  -- 14,910 (- 24.0%)
10/2016: Flintstones #4  -- 12,740 (- 14.6%)
11/2016: Flintstones #5  -- 11,552 (-  9.3%)
12/2016: Flintstones #6  -- 10,617 (-  8.1%)
01/2017: Flintstones #7  -- 10,099 (-  4.9%)
02/2017: Flintstones #8  --  9,551 (-  5.4%)
03/2017: Flintstones #9  --  9,213 (-  3.5%)
04/2017: Flintstones #10 --  8,994 (-  2.4%)
05/2017: Flintstones #11 --  8,745 (-  2.8%)
----------------
6 months: - 24.3%

Penultimate issue. Which I mention mainly because I’ll take any excuse to use the word ‘penultimate’!

252 - GOTHAM ACADEMY: SECOND SEMESTER ($2.99)
05/2015: --
-------------------------------------
05/2016: Gotham Academy #18 -- 12,410 (-  2.6%)
06/2016: --
07/2016: --
08/2016: --
09/2016: Second Semester #1 -- 21,765 (+ 75.4%)
10/2016: Second Semester #2 -- 13,856 (- 36.3%)
11/2016: Second Semester #3 -- 12,304 (- 11.2%)
12/2016: Second Semester #4 --  9,751 (- 20.7%)
01/2017: Second Semester #5 --  9,453 (-  3.1%)
02/2017: Second Semester #6 --  8,624 (-  8.8%)
03/2017: Second Semester #7 --  8,131 (-  5.7%)
04/2017: Second Semester #8 --  7,624 (-  6.2%)
05/2017: Second Semester #9 --  7,402 (-  2.9%)
----------------
6 months: - 39.8%
1 year  : - 40.4%
2 years :    n.a.

Ending with issue #12. So I’ll save my rant for the August column…

271 - LUCIFER (Vertigo) ($3.99)
05/2016: Lucifer #6  -- 10,701 (-  3.1%)
06/2016: Lucifer #7  -- 10,382 (-  3.0%)
07/2016: Lucifer #8  --  9,968 (-  4.0%)
08/2016: Lucifer #9  --  9,554 (-  4.2%)
09/2016: Lucifer #10 --  8,891 (-  6.9%)
10/2016: Lucifer #11 --  8,507 (-  4.3%)
11/2016: Lucifer #12 --  8,133 (-  4.4%)
12/2016: Lucifer #13 --  7,739 (-  4.8%)
01/2017: Lucifer #14 --  7,442 (-  3.8%)
02/2017: Lucifer #15 --  7,120 (-  4.3%)
03/2017: Lucifer #16 --  6,917 (-  2.9%)
04/2017: Lucifer #17 --  6,703 (-  3.1%)
05/2017: Lucifer #18 --  6,520 (-  2.7%)
-----------------
6 months: - 19.8%
1 year  : - 39.1%

Penultimate issue. (See what I mean?!)

281 - SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP (All-Ages) ($2.99)
05/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #4  --  8,159 
05/2015: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #10 --  6,566 
-----------------------------------------
05/2016: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #16 --  8,400 (+  3.8%)
06/2016: -- 
07/2016: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #17 --  7,892 (-  6.0%)
08/2016: -- 
09/2016: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #18 --  7,913 (+  0.3%)
10/2016: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #19 --  7,467 (-  5.6%)
11/2016: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #20 --  7,708 (+  3.2%)
12/2016: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #21 -- 14,270 (+ 85.1%)
01/2017: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #22 --  6,521 (- 54.3%)
02/2017: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #23 --  5,959 (-  8.6%)
03/2017: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #24 --  6,316 (+  6.0%)
04/2017: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #25 --  6,940 (+  9.9%)
05/2017: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #26 --  5,998 (- 13.6%)
-----------------
6 months: - 22.2%
1 Year  : - 28.6%
2 Years : -  8.7%

Teaming up with Hong Kong Phooey. The H-B team-ups generally seem to underperform the DC team-ups, but since this title pretty much exists to service trademarks, it is doing its job here.

299 - SAVAGE THINGS (Vertigo) ($3.99)
03/2017: Savage Things #1 of 8 -- 10,568   
04/2017: Savage Things #2 of 8 --  6,507 (- 38.4%)   
05/2017: Savage Things #3 of 8 --  5,278 (- 18.9%)  

A typical third issue drop.

+300 - EVERAFTER: FROM THE PAGES OF FABLES (Vertigo) ($3.99)
05/2007: Fables #61    -- 26,056
05/2012: Fables #117   -- 17,484
05/2013: Fables #129   -- 15,380
05/2014: Fables #140   -- 13,977 
05/2015: -- 
--------------------------------
09/2016: Everafter #1  -- 11,421 (- 19.4%)
10/2016: Everafter #2  --  8,414 (- 26.3%)
11/2016: Everafter #3  --  7,182 (- 14.6%)
12/2016: Everafter #4  --  6,192 (- 13.8%)
01/2017: Everafter #5  --  5,877 (-  5.1%)
02/2017: Everafter #6  --  5,399 (-  8.1%)
03/2017: Everafter #7  --  5,819 (+  7.8%)
04/2017: Everafter #8  --  5,067 (- 12.9%)
05/2017: Everafter #9  --  ????? (< 5,254)
-----------------
6 months:   ????%
2 years :    n.a.
5 years :   ????%
10 years:   ????%

The floor of the Top 300 was high enough this month (as it tends to be higher in 5 week months when there are more comics released) to swallow Everafter.

+300 - SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? (All-Ages) ($2.99)
05/2007: Scooby-Doo #120               -- 4,343
05/2012: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #21 -- 5,269
05/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #33 -- ????? 
05/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #45 -- 4,840 
05/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #57 -- 4,794  
-----------------------------------------------
05/2016: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #69 -- 5,040 (+  3.0%)   
06/2016: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #70 -- ????? (< 5,596)   
07/2016: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #71 -- 5,254    
08/2016: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #72 -- ????? (< 5,497)   
09/2016: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #73 -- 5,214    
10/2016: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #74 -- 4,972 (-  4.6%)    
11/2016: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #75 -- 4,920 (-  1.0%)    
12/2016: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #76 -- 4,805 (-  2.3%)    
01/2017: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #77 -- 4,557 (-  5.2%)    
02/2017: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #78 -- 4,362 (-  4.3%)    
03/2017: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #79 -- ????? (< 4,812)    
04/2017: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #78 -- 4,416     
05/2017: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #79 -- ????? (< 5,254)    
-----------------
6 months:   ????%
1 year  :   ????%
2 years :   ????%
5 years :   ????%
10 years:   ????%

+300 - LOONEY TUNES (All-Ages) ($2.99)
05/2007: Looney Tunes #150 -- 3,093
05/2012: --
05/2013: --
05/2014: -- 
05/2015: --
-----------------------------------
05/2016: --
06/2016: Looney Tunes #231 -- ????? (< 5,596)
07/2016: --
08/2016: Looney Tunes #232 -- ????? (< 5,497)
09/2016: --
10/2016: Looney Tunes #233 -- ????? (< 4,931)
11/2016: --
12/2016: Looney Tunes #234 -- ????? (< 3,954)
01/2017: Looney Tunes #235 -- ????? (< 3,971)
02/2017: --
03/2017: Looney Tunes #236 -- ????? (< 4,812)
04/2017: --
05/2017: Looney Tunes #237 -- ????? (< 5,254)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years :    n.a.
5 years :    n.a.
10 years:   ????%

Average Periodical Sales (not counting reprints, reorders shipping after the initial month of release, director’s cuts, and magazines; based on first-month sales only.)

DC COMICS
05/2007: 35,656
05/2012: 38,708
05/2013: 31,412 
05/2014: 31,764 
05/2015: 31,237 **
---------------
05/2016: 24,532 (+  5.8%) **
06/2016: 48,770 (+ 98.8%) **
07/2016: 63,656 (+ 30.5%) **
08/2016: 67,257 (+  5.7%) **
09/2016: 51,379 (- 23.6%) **
10/2016: 41,277 (- 19.7%) **
11/2016: 36,894 (- 10.6%) **
12/2016: 35,265 (-  4.4%) **
01/2017: 34,011 (-  3.6%) **
02/2017: 32,473 (-  4.5%) **
03/2017: 30,466 (-  6.2%) **
04/2017: 32,870 (+  7.9%) **
05/2017: 32,122 (-  2.3%) **
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6 months: - 12.9%
1 year  : + 30.9%
2 years : +  2.8%
5 years : - 17.0%
10 years: -  9.9%


DC UNIVERSE
05/2007: 49,161 
05/2012: 35,264
05/2013: 32,015 
05/2014: 39,555  
05/2015: 42,635 
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05/2016: 29,927 (-  0.3%)
06/2016: 65,876 (+120.1%)
07/2016: 90,237 (+ 37.0%)
08/2016: 87,905 (-  2.6%)
09/2016: 64,037 (- 27.2%)
10/2016: 54,470 (- 14.9%)
11/2016: 45,659 (- 16.2%)
12/2016: 45,125 (-  1.2%)
01/2017: 40,979 (-  9.2%)
02/2017: 40,430 (-  1.3%)
03/2017: 39,458 (-  2.4%)
04/2017: 41,600 (+  5.4%)
05/2017: 39,993 (-  3.9%)
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6 months: - 12.4%
1 year  : + 33.6%
2 years : -  6.2%
5 years : + 13.4%
10 years: - 18.6%


WILDSTORM
05/2007: 14,260 
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02/2017: 54,442
03/2017: 37,818 (- 30.5%)
04/2017: 30,595 (- 19.1%)
05/2017: 25,571 (- 16.4%)
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10 years: + 79.3%


VERTIGO & YOUNG ANIMAL
05/2007: 12,256
05/2012: 11,102
05/2013: 20,860 
05/2014: 11,778  
05/2015: 10,616 **
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05/2016:  5,734 (+  1.5%) **
06/2016:  6,073 (+  5.9%) **
07/2016:  6,328 (+  4.2%) **
08/2016:  5,639 (- 10.9%) **
09/2016: 16,825 (+198.4%) **
10/2016: 14,526 (- 13.7%) **
11/2016: 14,623 (+  0.7%) **
12/2016:  9,177 (- 37.2%) **
01/2017: 10,652 (+ 16.1%) **
02/2017:  8,434 (- 20.8%) **
03/2017: 10,102 (+ 19.8%) **
04/2017:  8,994 (- 11.0%) **
05/2017:  9,315 (+  3.6%) **
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6 months: - 36.3%
1 year  : + 62.5%
2 years : - 12.3%
5 years : - 16.1%
10 years: - 24.0%

Without Young Animal, the Vertigo average for the month would be 6,546.

DC COMICS - TOTAL SALES
05/2007: 2,509,847
05/2012: 2,825,699
05/2013: 2,324,468
05/2014: 2,414,052 
05/2015: 2,186,608 **  
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05/2016: 1,815,352 (+  0.4%) ** 
06/2016: 3,267,574 (+ 80.0%) **
07/2016: 4,010,332 (+ 22.7%) **  
08/2016: 4,977,036 (+ 24.1%) ** 
09/2016: 3,802,051 (- 23.6%) **  
10/2016: 3,508,534 (-  7.7%) **
11/2016: 3,025,276 (- 13.8%) **
12/2016: 2,926,973 (-  3.2%) **  
01/2017: 2,856,889 (-  2.4%) **  
02/2017: 2,662,746 (-  6.8%) **
03/2017: 2,711,448 (+  1.8%) **
04/2017: 2,465,239 (-  9.1%) **
05/2017: 2,569,767 (-  9.1%) **
-----------------
6 months: - 15.1%
1 year  : + 41.6%
2 years : + 17/5%
5 years : -  9.1%
10 years: +  2.4%

Total sales were up about 100K in May, though DC also published five more comics than in April, which would account for that rise.

6 month comparisons
===================

+ 57.1% - Flash
+ 32.2% - Batman 66 Meets...
+ 19.3% - Batman
+  4.6% - Justice League of America
- 12.6% - Titans
- 13.5% - Action Comics
- 18.0% - Teen Titans
- 19.8% - Lucifer
- 20.0% - Detective Comics
- 21.0% - Superman
- 21.2% - Deathstroke
- 22.0% - Future Quest
- 22.1% - DC Comics Bombshells
- 22.2% - Scooby-Doo Team-Up
- 24.3% - Flintstone
- 24.5% - Hal Jordan & GLC
- 26.0% - Harley Quinn
- 26.5% - Wonder Woman
- 27.1% - Scooby Apocalypse
- 28.6% - Green Lanterns
- 29.3% - Red Hood & Outlaws
- 29.7% - Justice League
- 30.6% - Aquaman
- 31.3% - Nightwing
- 32.6% - Green Arrow
- 33.7% - Batgirl
- 36.4% - The Hellblazer
- 36.5% - Suicide Squad
- 37.2% - Batgirl & Birds of Prey
- 39.4% - Supergirl
- 39.8% - Gotham Academy
- 41.7% - Batman Beyond
- 42.5% - All Star Batman
- 43.2% - Superwoman
- 44.9% - New Super-Man
- 48.9% - Blue Beetle
- 52.1% - Trinity
- 52.2% - Cyborg
- 53.6% - Cave Carson
- 56.5% - Shade, the Changing Girl
- 76.8% - Mother Panic


1 year comparisons
===================

+227.4% - Flash
+163.5% - Titans (Titans Hunt)
+133.3% - Teen Titans
+ 79.1% - Hal Jordan & GLC (GLC Edge)
+ 64.6% - Suicide Squad (New Suicide Squad)
+ 58.4% - Red Hood & Outlaws (Red Hood/Arsenal)
+ 57.7% - Nightwing (Grayson)
+ 48.0% - Wonder Woman
+ 39.2% - Green Arrow
+ 38.7% - Batman
+ 36.4% - Deathstroke
+ 32.9% - Batman Beyond
+ 29.1% - Detective Comics
+ 21.5% - Aquaman
+ 10.2% - Batman 66 Meets...
+  8.7% - The Hellblazer (Constantine the Hellblazer)
+  8.2% - Injustice
+  6.0% - Action Comics
+  4.1% - Cyborg
-  1.4% - Green Lanterns (Green Lantern)
-  6.3% - Harley Quinn
-  6.8% - Astro City
- 11.9% - Batgirl
- 19.4% - Superman
- 28.6% - Scooby-Doo Team-Up
- 33.7% - DC Comics Bombshells
- 39.1% - Lucifer
- 40.4% - Gotham Academy
- 44.3% - Justice League
- 72.6% - Future Quest
- 79.3% - Scooby Apocalypse


2 year comparisons
===================

-  8.7% - Scooby-Doo Team-Up
- 16.9% - Astro City
- 19.1% - Injustice


5 year comparisons
===================

+ 94.9% - Hellblazer
+ 73.9% - Flash
+ 37.7% - Deathstroke
+ 18.4% - Suicide Squad
+  6.1% - Green Arrow
+  5.3% - Batman
+  1.1% - Batman Beyond
-  9.9% - Wonder Woman
- 10.0% - Supergirl
- 13.7% - Teen Titans
- 16.7% - Captain Atom
- 17.1% - Superman
- 22.1% - Blue Beetle
- 27.7% - Hal Jordan & GLC (GLC)
- 31.6% - Red Hood & Outlaws
- 32.5% - Batwoman
- 39.0% - Nightwing
- 40.9% - Detective Comics
- 49.7% - Batgirl & Birds of Prey (Birds of Prey)
- 51.5% - Action Comics
- 53.3% - Aquaman
- 57.6% - Justice League
- 60.2% - Batgirl
- 62.9% - Green Lanterns (Green Lantern)


10 year comparisons
===================

+128.4% - Flash
+ 76.9% - Batman
+ 61.1% - Aquaman
+ 39.5% - Hellblazer 
+ 21.7% - Nightwing
+  9.7% - Detective Comics
+  0.7% - Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps (GLC)
-  6.6% - Superman
-  7.0% - Green Arrow
- 21.5% - Action Comics
- 23.5% - Blue Beetle
- 25.0% - Wonder Woman
- 26.6% - Batgirl & Birds of Prey (Birds of Prey)
- 29.4% - Teen Titans
- 47.2% - Green Lanterns (Green Lantern)
- 55.2% - Supergirl
- 67.8% - Justice League of America


Sales Indices
=============

DCU: Average: 39,993. Median: 35,692. No.: 58. Total: 2,319,620

4.7 - Batman (22)
4.1 - Flash (22)
2.4 - Batman (23)
1.7 - All Star Batman
1.4 - Detective Comics (956)
1.4 - Detective Comics (957)
1.4 - Justice League (20)
1.4 - Justice League (21)
1.4 - Flash (23)
1.3 - Superman (22)
1.3 - Superman (23)
1.1 - Titans
1.1 - Wonder Woman (22)
1.1 - Wonder Woman (23) 
1.1 - Teen Titans
1.1 - Action Comics (979)
1.1 - Action Comics (980)
1.1 - Justice League of America (6)
1.0 - Bane Conquest
1.0 - Harley Quinn (19)
1.0 - Justice League of America (7)
1.0 - Harley Quinn (20)
1.0 - Super Sons
1.0 - Suicide Squad (17)
1.0 - Suicide Squad (18)
1.0 - Teen Titans Lazarus Contract Special
0.9 - Nightwing (20)
0.9 - Nightwing (21)
0.9 - Wonder Woman Annual
0.9 - Batman/The Shadow
0.9 - Deathstroke (19)
0.9 - Trinity
0.8 - Hal Jordan & GLC (20)
0.8 - Hal Jordan & GLC (21)
0.8 - Green Lanterns (22)
0.8 - Green Lanterns (23)
0.7 - Batwoman 
0.7 - Green Arrow (22)
0.7 - Green Arrow (23)
0.7 - Trinity Annual
0.7 - Aquaman (22)
0.7 - Aquaman (23)
0.7 - Justice League/Power Rangers
0.6 - Red Hood & Outlaws
0.6 - Batman Beyond
0.6 - Batgirl
0.6 - Deathstroke (18)
0.6 - Supergirl
0.5 - Batgirl & Birds of Prey
0.5 - The Hellblazer
0.4 - Superwoman
0.3 - New Super-Man
0.3 - Kamandi Challenge
0.3 - Blue Beetle
0.3 - Cyborg
0.3 - Fall & Rise of Capt. Atom
0.2 - Odyssey of the Amazons
0.2 - Gotham Academy 2nd Semester 


Wildstorm: Average: 25,571. Median: 25,571. No.: 1. Total: 25,571

1.0 - The Wild Storm


Vertigo & Young Animal: Average: 9,315**. Median: 9,334**. No.: 8. Total: 74,517**

2.0 - Bug
1.1 - Mother Panic
1.1 - Cave Carson
1.0 - Shade the Changing Girl
1.0 - Astro City
0.7 - Lucifer
0.6 - Savage Things
0.5 - Everafter **


Digital First & Other: Average: 11,543**. Median: 12,192**. No.: 13. Total: 150,059

2.1 - Injustice 2 (1)
1.4 - Scooby Apocalypse
1.3 - Future Quest
1.2 - Injustice 2 (2)
1.2 - DC Comics Bombshells (26)
1.1 - DC Comics Bombshells (27)
1.1 - Batman 66 Meets Wonder Woman 77
0.9 - Injustice Ground Zero (11)
0.9 - Injustice Ground Zero (12)
0.8 - The Flintstones
0.5 - Scooby-Doo Team-Up
0.4 - Scooby-Doo Where Are You? **
0.2 - Looney Tunes **

The Fine Print (Disclaimers, et cetera)

The numbers above are estimates for comic-book sales in the North American direct market, as calculated by ICv2.com according to the chart and index information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors.

ICv2.com’s estimates are somewhat lower than the actual numbers, but they are consistent from month to month, so the trends they show are fairly accurate. Since it’s a “month-to-month” column, the comments, unless otherwise noted, are on the most recent month.

Bear in mind that the figures measure sales of physical comics to retailers, not customers. Also, these numbers do not include sales to bookstores, newsstands, other mass-market retail chains or the United Kingdom. Re-orders are included, so long as they either reached stores in a book’s initial calendar month of release or were strong enough to make the chart again in a subsequent month; or they show up in the year-end Top 1000. Keep in mind that sales for some titles may include incentives to acquire variants and not every unit sold is necessarily even intended to be sold to a customer.

If additional copies of an issue did appear on the chart after a book’s initial calendar month of release, you can see the total number of copies sold in brackets behind those issues (e.g. “[36,599]”). Likewise, any lower numbers due to returns or other factors returns will also be reflected in the brackets. Should more than one issue have shipped in a month which is relevant for one of the long-term comparisons, the average between them will be used.
Titles which are returnable have their numbers artificially adjusted down by Diamond. To make up for that this column increases the reported numbers for those titles by 10%. Which is likely also wrong, but it’s a different and likely less wrong kind of wrong, and experience has shown that this leads to sales figures which are more consistent.

Titles released under the All-Ages line and magazines, such as Mad, mostly sell through channels other than the direct market, so direct-market sales don’t tell us much about their performance. For most Vertigo titles, collection sales tend to be a significant factor, so the numbers for those books should be taken with a grain of salt as well.

Please keep in mind that raw sales numbers do not tell us about how profitable a book is for a publisher or for the creators.

Above all, do not allow sales numbers to dictate your purchasing and enjoyment of a particular comic. If you enjoy reading a comic series then go right on buying and reading that comic, no matter what the sales figures say.

** Two asterisks after a given month in the average charts mean that one or more periodical release did not make the Top 300 chart in that month. In those cases, it’s assumed that said releases sold as many units as the No. 300 comic on the chart for that month for the purposes of the chart, although its actual sales are likely to be less than that.

Opinions expressed in this column are mine alone, and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer, Heidi MacDonald or anyone at The Comics Beat, The International Organization for Crystal Growth, or my former neighbor’s dog Miles.

The author of this column does weekly snapshots of Amazon comic sales charts at http://yetanothercomicsblog.blogspot.com/ and tweets about comics and related subjects on Twitter at @davereadscomics (PM me there is you need to contact me).
As always, we welcome your comments and corrections below. Please try to keep things civilized.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. This column lately seems to be running low on commentary. I’d like to see a little more commentary for more of the series.

  2. FWIW All Star Batman is ending because the next arc plus is being turned into a new series in a new format, described by Snyder as something that will better spotlight the art.

    So it’s turning from one weird, experimental book to a weirder, more experimental book.

  3. The. standard attrition seems to be keeping DC stable, but the lack of new titles with the sales of the initial launch keeps eating away at market share. While neither of the big two are in happy land, it’s easy to see that DC would probably creep to the #1 spot if Marvel didnt have the Star Wars titles.

  4. “Bug: The Adventures of Forager” is fan-fucking-tastic! Can’t recommend it enough.

    If it’s starting at just 18,000 copies sold, I shudder to think at where it will close out…

  5. “There’s a 30K gap in sales between (non-crossover) issues of DC’s best-selling comic, Batman, and its second-best-selling comic, All Star Batman. That’s a problem. ”

    Why is that a problem? Ten years ago, in June 2007, there was a 35k gap between DC’s best selling and second best selling on-going title (Justice League vs Flash). Twenty years ago, it was 32k between first and second (JLA vs Superman). I’d bet 50 years ago, when the Batman TV show was on, there was a huge gap between Batman and the next highest DC book, maybe hundreds of thousands of copies. So is it a “problem” or is it “business as usual”?

    I’d be curious if something is going to break about Vertigo in the near future. In the September solicitations, they only have two periodicals, both miniseries which will both be done by the end of the year (with their only on-going, ASTRO CITY, skipping a month, which positions it to hit #50 at the end of the year). And two of the three books they have (ASTRO CITY and AMERICAN WAY) are actually transfers from Wildstorm, not really indicative of the historical Vertigo brand. So unless they announce something new soon, there’ll be very little Vertigo left in Vertigo soon.

  6. Its great to see Titans still doing so well. DC needs to give Wally his own monthly again. Or maybe a mini to trial it out first at least. More original Wally West is always a good thing!

  7. Looks like only Batgirl and Supergirl are now selling below their pre Rebirth series. Not a good sign.

    Plus Superwoman, New Superman, Cyborg and Blue Beetle cant last much longer with those sales. Wonder if there is a new batch of titles in the works.

  8. DC just increased the price of the monthlies by 33% ($2.99 to $3.99) in April. That got the books a short stay of execution but yes, I expect they’re just finishing out story arcs unless trade sales do unexpectedly well. A possibility for New Super-man since it’s been getting a lot of positive word of mouth.

  9. @rui – a team Superman book could be one of the replacements. Like who appeared in Action comics. That way New Superman and Superwoman don’t go straight into limbo, plus Lex and Steel get more coverage. Worth a shot.

  10. Read this after reading the Marvel May report and wow DC Rebirth feels like a massive success even a year on.

    @sam

    I’d argue against that (for now) it might hurt titans and flash’s numbers. DC should avoid repeating Marvel’s Dr Strange/Black Panther disastrous spin off books

  11. @November – I get what you mean. But original Wally doesn’t really appear in Flash, and Titans is only once a month, plus its a team book. I just want more than say 8 new pages (of a 20 page comic) of Wally a month :(

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